Definition of hangi in English:
1A pit in which food is cooked on heated stones.
- In terms of the economy we are cooking with gas not hangi stones anymore.
- As Stephen Franks said a minute ago, the people who cook in a hangi or on a barbecue will be paying for those who like to cook on a Smeg or in a microwave oven and want a guaranteed uninterrupted power supply.
- The kids ran around the hangi pit like wild Indians, whooping and yelling ‘War!’
1.1 [mass noun] The food cooked in a hangi.
- We ate hangi for dinner - meat, smoky carrots and kumara cooked in baskets under the earth on hot rocks for over three hours.
- I love hangi food, especially kumara, which is a sweet potato.
- I just make two points to Mr Key: firstly, hangi are not cooked in a microwave, and, secondly, instead of having his groceries delivered, it may pay him to go down to the supermarket.
1.2A meal or gathering at which food is cooked in a hangi and served.
- One of the highlights of the weekend is when a hangi or huge communal meal that has been cooked in the ground for several hours is served on the Saturday evening.
- The hangi is a feast that may only be prepared in the regions of the country where there are hot springs.
- The Paparoa marae offers a Maori cultural experience - starting with a powhiri and interpretation of Maori tikanga, followed by a traditional hangi and evening entertainment.